Hardware Tip of the Week: Hot Tips for Vinyl Tile Repair and Auto Leak Diagnosis

By / Hardware Tips / Monday, 18 December 2017 05:00

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801 N. Lake Park Blvd.   Carolina Beach, NC  28428 Phone: (910) 458-3049  
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www.islandtacklehardware.com

Vinyl floors are beautiful when new. But soon, normal wear, and things that happen here and there, leave rips and gouges, burns and tears, that need attention and repairs.
If you have one or more tiles to replace, removing the vinyl tile -- one or a whole floor -- can be difficult and messy when you use a heat gun and chisel.
Instead, lay a cloth down over one tile at a time, and iron with slow, firm strokes. In a minute or two, the tile will easily lift up.
Then repeat as needed. If you’re replacing with self-stick tiles, they’ll go in easier and hold better if the adhesive is activated with heat.
Use a hairdryer or warm sunlight (if available) until they’re pliable. Then, peel and stick.
For holes, gouges and tears in tile or linoleum, shave a thin top layer off a matching scrap.
Grind or chop it into tiny pieces, mix with clear urethane paint and fill it into the damaged area and let it dry.
In 1859, Edwin Drake brought in the world's first oil-producing well in Titusville, Pa. Ever since, we've used his discovery for almost everything imaginable --notably in and for our automobiles. These days, we find traces of Drake's discovery on the garage floor. Some are red, some green, while yet others are dark and greasy or clear and thin. We know something's leaking, but what is it that's leaking and what does it mean? Here's how to use yesterday's news for a do-it-yourself auto diagnosis. Before you pull into the garage, cover the floor with newspaper.
The next morning, after you back out, check the spots. Dark greasy droplets indicate an oil leak. Clear oily stains might be brake fluids. Red drips are probably transmission fluid, and greenish puddles are anti-freeze in the coolant. Check the overnight drips for volume and color.
Vacation: To help avoid being burglarized take the following pre-vacation steps:
1. Call the post office to stop mail and suspend newspaper delivery.
2. Get a few timers to turn several lights, the TV or radio on and off during the day and night.
3. If you have a second car, park it in the driveway
4. If you’ll be gone long, ask a neighbor to put some of their trash in your garbage cans
 5. Ask a friend or neighbor to house sit by dropping by regularly and checking up on things and picking up junk mail and flyers that can accumulate. (Remember to describe this house sitter to your neighbors, so burglars can’t claim to be house sitting and house sitters don’t get arrested.)
6. If you have a baby monitor, leave the monitor with a neighbor and the base unit turned on at your home. If the security or smoke alarms go off, or if your neighbors hear something they shouldn’t, they can immediately call 911.
And that’s the tip of the week from Island True Value Tackle & Hardware.

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